The self-proclaimed “adventure capital of Wyoming,” Casper gives visitors an opportunity to reconnect with nature. And much of that nature is historic. The terrain of this former frontier post challenged early American settlers as they traveled west along the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails.
Casper, the ‘gateway to the Tetons’ is a year-round vacation destination with abundant opportunity for hunting, fishing, and golf, as well as many family-friendly outdoor activities. Try these free activities:
1. The Lee McCunne Braille Trail Feel your way along this trail – a creation designed to help the visually impaired of America enjoy nature. Located in Casper Mountain’s Skunk Hollow, the area was chosen because of its wide variety of plant life.
2. Independence Rock Come to this Wyoming landmark ready to read. Also known as the Register of the Desert, this 193-foot tall rock is inscribed with more than 50,000 pioneer names.
3. Historic Casper Choose from three self-guided tours of historic downtown Casper.
4. Platte River Parkway. This parkway will take you from one end of town to the other along the Platte River. You can hike, bike, or skate along the path.
5. Casper Sculptures Take a self-guided tour of Casper’s 45 public sculptures.
6. The Alcova and Pathfinder Reservoirs Located 30 miles outside Casper, these lakes are known for fishing, swimming, boating, and water sports. Picnic and camp areas are available and ice fishing is popular in the winter. There are also interpretive hiking trails.